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May 21, 2022 1:00 am
God is a look at our lives go well, that's okay. You mostly live a good boy you come in and I'll forgive you, and he would be right is doesn't lower the standard pieces you guilty. You deserve to be sentenced, but I will sentence myself welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee who love God was never meant to save.
Instead, the law points for weakness in our need for a Savior today. Pastor David encourages us to look at our Savior, as he continues in the book of Romans chapter 3 with the teaching going down to David so Romans chapter 3, an incredible book. Why does Dean theology and at the same time, really basic spiritual truths. So Scott I need in the sense that you know you just came to the Lord or your checking out the claims of Jesus he can get a lot out of it. If you been walking with the Lord for 34 years you can get a lot out of it so something in here for everybody. Last week we finished up with verse 21 to reread that verse into 22, so Romans chapter 3 verse 21 reads but now the righteousness of God. Apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the law and the prophets. Verse 22.
Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and all all who believe. For there is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, being justified only talked about being justified a little bit before, but that was a while back Celeste touch base on it again justification.
It's a theological term is also a legal term, it means that you know being declared innocent, but good.
More than that. It's not just a you got off on a technicality because you view or read the Miranda rights than is illegal search and seizure something like that. It's much more than that is here being declared completely and utterly in us. Verse 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by his blood through faith to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance got it passed over the sins that were previously committed so we got some theological terms again that we need to deal with six. I want to just gloss over these terms and offer vegetation. I don't know what that is. You use it in sentences all the time. Now that's I wanted words we use a lot right so let's talk a little bit about what it is propitiation, similar to another word that you might be familiar with atonement attainments been broken down at one meant. In other words, being at one with the Lord atonement propitiation or give you two definitions here to cover or to wipe clean the cover or likeliness to connect to different definition in the sense that in the Hebrew Scriptures Old Testament the word K for his use. It's where we get our work for cup okay so you got this other concept happening in the Hebrew Scriptures in Qatar. I pops up just chapter 3 talked about how many being covered with skins of animals and people tables out of many say they in heaven.
I believe they are is like what you have. You have the shedding of innocent blood of an animal and you got a covering a case for atonement at one propitiation if you will now also Qatar pops up again. I think it's in Genesis chapter 6 it talks about no one covered the ark in pitch to convert in the course. The were able to be saved through the art, but the pictures there, but so with this covering that was on the outside so there's is concept of being covered that's that's important. And this concept of atonement, propitiation, atonement was obviously if you were Jewish person of that day.
He really didn't need that explained because they had young Kapur and that is the day of atonement. On the day of atonement, something very special can happen will happen as it was to go one go would be sacrificed as it a sin offering on this day of atonement and it would be sacrificed.
The other goats. The high priest would take his hands placed them on the go and end in a spiritual sense transform or transmit the sins of the people on to this goat and to place upon the scope sins of people since a nation Civic Center and the goat would be sent out to the wilderness, basically to die outside of the camp lot of pictures there. This is where we get our word for scapegoat. So this goat took the fall, if you will, for the sins of the people for that year and it was repeated every year, every year, every year, every year, every stable time but see Jesus came and died once and for all.
It was the final active you will of atonement in Jesus as painful as it is the think of this concept is our scapegoat says I will pay the price for your sent place your sins upon me, I'll pay the price. It's amazing thing when you think about and to think about the fact that he did that just to give each person the opportunity to be forgiven.
He didn't for everybody knowing that some would reject and reject the offer. I know there's some people say well I'm then earn my way to heaven. What that some biblical modern-day Judaism says is based on in a good worker.
Mitzvot that some biblical that's umbilical. According to the Hebrew Scriptures. You don't see them saying you can be saved by works as a matter fact, a good verse to share with some I think there's a by works or can be saved by works at Leviticus chapter 17 verse 11 says for the life of the flash is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls.
For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul say why how to modern-day Judaism can understand they can be saved by works by just what happened when the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem. They were all morning because the temple was destroyed, you can have any more sacrifices and if you can only be forgiven through the sacrifices, then you got a major problem now course we believe and we know the Bible teaches that 40 years earlier. Jesus had made the final sacrifice for us and we can be forgiven and any he did away with the old structure right so the that the sacrifice of blood book bills through and different animals for forgiveness of sins. What happened at that moment a rabbi runs through the streets and he says we can be.
Now say through mitzvot through good works and I said okay and base that only the Scripture again looking at Leviticus 1711. It's unscriptural but again was a will that that means modern-day Judaism is off-track. Let's understand there's many Christian movements that are say yeah through Jesus, but are very works oriented say I get it is about work, you are say about and so really that's the mitzvot thing again, but understand can't be and will in the place of punishment for sins on the sun and the sun being able to read willingly receive that upon himself as just. It's amazing and I have children course is apparent.
There's right or wrong when your child gets in the trouble. The first thing you want is to get them out of trouble in a course you know we we want to learn things as believers in and not repeated but we want to get them out right or wrong. We want to get him out of trouble and yet God in his mercy and his love Jesus and his mercy and his love placed himself right in the middle of trouble just taken the hit for what he had done taken the hit for what he hadn't done in becoming our scapegoat.
This is this is the good news we see the love of God in that but imagine what God allow his son to suffer horrible crew execution to provide yet another way to heaven. I she answers not what Jesus knowing he was one of the many ways placed himself in that position to suffer to die to provide yet another way doesn't make sense but it does to be looking at whether it was no other way. And Jesus did what he did because he felt like there was no other way to heaven was no other way for us to have forgiveness then begins and makes us anything about the garden of December were Jesus's hand there's any other way. Father let this cup pass from me, but not what I want what you want and he gladly, the Bible says endured the shame and the pain that was set before that we could be forgiven yet. Some people reject.
It's amazing to me in have a garden of the garden. I love the cook get caught up in cooking. I can't doesn't seem like I can throw together like a 15 minute meal with get caught up sometimes there's that moment after I put all this love in preparation. All these herbs and spices is a into the food where a sunny and I know what I feel like when people don't show up and you know me based on eight among a sunny, because of what put so much love and so much care what people receive it on people to enjoy and hope you will be blessed by and I'm a little disturbed and are not thing about God friend. Think about the Lord. Thank you for listening to cross the bridge with David McGee will return to David's teaching in just a moment the tragedy in Benghazi. The bombings in Boston in the current unrest in Egypt are all vivid accounts of terrorism each time an event like this occurs, it often causes us to respond with fear.
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Sammy push-ups can you do any set at 200 is uniting the 200 to 200 and were not sickening to 300 acres, not on the civil have ever done 309 not a one time civil could you do 300 of the denim and sets of 10 any civil hell no. I think I can make synonymy to the commitments of the decent money to make commitment, and six. It I think I knew the 300 think I do is okay what I want to know from the finance last class of the day last day of the week and everybody's excited about that. The professor comes any he has incredible doughnuts up there, filled with cream and also to stuff not just the normal ones. The glazed which are really delicious, but always these doughnuts and he walks up to the first student, this girl will caution incessantly sending would you like Cindy good yes I would like in the professor turned to see Mrs. Steve, would you please do 10 push-ups that Cindy can receive are done so Steve does a 10 push-ups syndicates are not any comes next. Students is would you like and she suggests is Steve would you please do 10 push-ups that she can get her down. She suggests that this goes on for little while and the professor comes to another gasket athletic and he says would you like to receive in on any civil defense is whether the penalties cannot bemoan push-ups and professors not to because Steve is the only perfect score in the class.
Everybody else is either not taking a test, or failure to pastor Mr. class or anything like that. Steve is the only one in here that hasn't Mr. class is going hundred on every test sees only one I can do push-ups and the gases well that's the case I don't want I don't want then the professor turns the steaming is Steve Billiton, push-ups guess, as I said I didn't want it if I could know Mrs. it doesn't matter. Steve is doing the push-ups to give you the opportunity to have the Steve does the 10 push-ups professor since the doughnut on the edge of the desk and says it's yours to enjoy. You can choose not to have it but he paid the price for your don't time goes on. Some students drifted in her looking her know I wouldn't.
What's going on some more people came in a professional tremors 34 people now in the classroom. Steve started to get war out the sweat is her. By this time he goes up professor is an extensive would you like a donut. They said no, no, Steve, would you do 10 push-ups so that they can have a doughnut that they will not enjoy this time Steve is really struggling some males tries to come in the classroom. I can come in. Steve says no let him come in, let them come in like I didn't understand what was going on. This new guy the professor you want to do nothing to secure Steve does slowly lose arm shaking now.
The 10 push-ups so that this guy can get the set Steve God was the only one with a perfect score and he paid the price, not just for those who wanted to doughnuts, but even for those who didn't want and see that's what Jesus did. He died for your sins for my sins and he died for everybody sense, but some people will enjoy the price that was paid. Some people will not. But Jesus still paid that price when you begin to understand this of the immensity of the pain and the shame of the Jesus went through four eyes begin to think of some people just leaving that gift similar – begins to break your heart. And yet that's what some people do they leave that gift sitting on their desk. God set forth as a propitiation as an atonement how ungrateful I must've seen in my life when I was rejecting that gift so precious a gift so incredible gift.
It was like a say no thank you to get can you really say no thank you to God and say no, no, thank you Jesus died, but I know forgiveness and I went through all this hate, pain and heartache.
Shame for me but I don't want Mason cover one more verse, verse 26 is to demonstrate at the present time his righteousness that he H become Jesus might be jot in the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Interesting thing here were timeout men justify were talking about this propitiation Hellas theory on in the Greek, which literally. It's got interesting at the same Greek word that used for mercy seat justifier atonement.
Here's the interesting thing in a mercy see what's emergency.
There was the ark of the covenant. Most of us have been contaminated by see in the movies Raiders of the lost artwork melts people, but there was, as ark of the covenant that was in the holy of holies there were several things that were kept in the ark of the covenant blossoming. Ron met some of the manna but in the 10 Commandments were in their and the ark of the covenant was represented the presence of God and in this article were these 10 Commandments, there was a lid on this box covering called the mercy seat, the mercy seat covering the law was the mercy seat see any of us can be justified through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the justifier we can be the justified just as we had never done it doesn't look at our lives and go well, that's okay. We've mostly been a good boy you come in and I'll forgive you and you come in and and he would be righteous if he did that he doesn't lower the standard he says you're guilty. You deserve to be sentenced, but I will sentence myself.
Amazingly enough, Isaiah 53 says this, verse 56 but he was wounded and crushed for our sins, he was beaten, that we might have peace.
He was wet and we were healed and all of us straightaway like she with left God's pass to follow our own.
If the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all to God wants to bless us in this life. He wants to see a set free. He wants to see us passed off the weight of sin that would hold us down, but I think it will go with the doughnut analogy, I think a lot of times we we have all this in Jesus Christ.
We only take a taste, we leave most of the blessings on the table if you all.
Forgiveness, yes, but really freedom from materialism, self-centeredness, all these things we we often leave on the table. We miss a lot of the blessings that God desires to give us her story one time got went on his honeymoon really excited really nice place got the honeymoon suite goes to the counter services apps Mr. so-and-so, 213, 213 officer Mary goes in with his bride anyway opens the door in his heart to see because he looks in the it's a small little room and and his wife is you know she's been a be all that's fine. This is great and is trying to act upbeat is like man. This is not what I thought it was there so couch and will share their 90 minute then there be pulls out the couch, opens one doors couple doors opens one door in their sheets and their and their tired from long days to get the sheets up makes the bed of the crash, but even Saturday's upset he resolves to speak with a gun in Exmoor next morning.
It's up early for us new wife wakes up he goes down on the desk is man. I'm so upset to guess at what challenges I'll just get the honeymoon suite we said we're into 13. I think Mr. Jordan is yet I am into 13 was similar to 13 assignments with Nick is not just a small little room of the La Plata account, room 213 is said is confused her second and he said sir when you went into that room. The Jew open the door to the rear on the left should know little closet to get some sheets and blankets out was on the right is a did you ever open the door to the river to the left is not because Mr. Jordan, you and your wife. It sounds like you slept in the entrance to the honeymoon suite.
All I'll walk with you back to the room and coming back to the room got back to the entrance foyer open the door to the rear to the left and opened the door on just a gorgeous room sunken Todd of at the foot of the bed huge king that looking out over a waterfall candles that had melted beside the bath chocolates laid out. Mr. Jordan missed out on all the honeymoon suite had offered telling stories like this. How much do we miss out on because we stay in the four-year weaklings of these things that would hold us back to the casting these things off so we could be set free to say that I don't know what's holding you back your reason for not more fully committing to the Lord are serving God or what's holding you back from coming to him and asking him to forgive you of your sins, whatever it is it's not worth self-worth in God loves you. God is always loved.
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You can know right now own Legion. A short simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now.
Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I can have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things.
Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen it friend of you prayed that prayer according to the Bible you've been forgiven you've been born again. So congratulations you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you if this was your first time praying that prayer with Pastor David we would love to hear from you. You can call us toll-free at 877-458-5508 to receive our first steps package with helpful resources to help you begin your walk with Christ.
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